Title: Science Communications Assistant
Type of contract: fixed term, 12 months from the start of employment
Closing date: 5 April 2020
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The Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) is a coalition of more than 50 Member Societies from 38 countries, a diverse network of 30,000 individual microbiologists. Our small international team is housed in our central office which is based in Delft, The Netherlands, but we work with hundreds of individual scientists, partners, and suppliers across the globe.
Our commitment is to help support microbiologists to do their work, promote the best in microbiological research and knowledge to the world, and bring microbiologists together to share that knowledge. We are growing our reach, network, and activities and so need an enthusiastic and hardworking Science Communications Assistant to expand our Communications team.
As a not-for-profit organization, we reinvest our revenues into supporting microbiologists throughout their career, publishing and promoting scientific research in our journals and organizing events to bring scientists together.
The Science Communications Assistant will contribute to a range of communication activities. These include regular internal and external communications across social and digital and print channels and promoting and publicizing activities of other members of the team and the wider organization. We aim to create an engaged community of researchers, scientists and academics connected with FEMS and increasing readership of and submissions to, the FEMS journal publications. These tasks will be overseen by the Science Communications Officer, and report directly to the Managing Director. The role requires the ability to work on your own initiative without supervision, to have the confidence to communicate with experts, members of the organization and mass audiences.
The Science Communications Assistant role would particularly suit a recent graduate in science communication or a science graduate looking to grow their skills in science communication. It is a role for an individual with a social media and digital media skillset, or someone with a strong interest, willing to learn these skills quickly on the job. It requires an understanding of the academic community and its culture, and good scientific literacy.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- the day-to-day management of the social media channels of FEMS: scheduling posts, responding to and encouraging engagement, scanning for relevant information, and helping to create and commission social media content – also reviewing and reporting on social media analytics
- administering sections our website: editing and drafting webpages for new projects, events, articles, opportunities and activities – also reporting on page visits and website analytics
- helping to draft and distribute our newsletters
- fulfilment of print communication campaigns
- attending events around Europe to represent and promote FEMS
- liaising with Communication Officers in our Member Societies to build connections and collaborations
- contributing to the wider FEMS communication strategy and organizational discussions
- developing your skills in social media management, copy writing, graphic design, video production, and communication campaign delivery, as required
- right to work in EU
- scientifically literate (undergraduate degree in a STEM subject, preferably life sciences)
- excellent fluency in written and spoken English
- a good and open communicator able to manage relationships with people from many cultures, ages, backgrounds, nationalities, and perspectives
- familiarity with posting and marketing content to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- a collaborative attitude
- proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- comfortable using numbers, statistics, and graphs
- willingness and aptitude to learn new skills, software, and knowledge on the go, and reflect on your own work and output regularly
- experience with the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects)
- experience with social media tools e.g. TweetDeck, Hootsuite, Buffer, Keyhole etc.
- familiarity with posting and marketing content to YouTube, LinkedIn (and Snapchat)
- experience with the backend of WordPress websites, or similar
- experience using Google Analytics 4
- data analysis skills
- experience in events communication, planning, and management
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